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St. Viator School Principal Builds Success

published on: October 17, 2019

Mrs. Lisa Rieder began her second year as principal of St. Viator Parish School in Chicago this year, and enrollment numbers continue to build. Perhaps they sense a true Viatorian identity within the school, from the pastor and principal, on … Continue reading


Viatorian Giving Garden Makes a Difference

published on: October 16, 2019

That’s a wrap. The 14 raised beds that comprise the Viatorian Giving Garden combined to produce more than 800 pounds of fresh vegetables for area food pantries this summer. “That’s 50 pounds more than last year,” says Associate John Dussman, … Continue reading


Viatorians Rejoice with the Canonization of St. John Henry Newman

published on: October 15, 2019

For many years, Viatorians have been inspired by the writings of Cardinal John Henry Newman, and now they rejoice that he is a saint. The former Anglican priest who risked everything to become a Catholic was canonized during an open … Continue reading


Viatorian Brother to Run Chicago Marathon to Help Injured Veterans

published on: October 10, 2019

Br. John Eustice, CSV, wears many hats in the Viatorian Community. He serves as Vice President of Viatorian Identity and Mission at Saint Viator High School, while also directing the Office of Vocation Ministry for the Province of Chicago — … Continue reading


African Art Collection Links Viatorian to the Peace Corps

published on: October 9, 2019

Br. Leo V. Ryan, CSV, spent only one year as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in Nigeria, before he was called away by the Viatorian Community to serve on its General Direction in Rome. Yet, his experience there — … Continue reading


Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep Celebrates 15 Years

published on: October 8, 2019

Celebrate! Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep marks its 15th anniversary this year. Back in 2004, the Viatorians were among the founding religious communities to financially back Cristo Rey St. Martin when it opened. They continue to support the school … Continue reading


Viator House of Hospitality Draws Increasing Support

published on: October 7, 2019

Support is growing! Two years after a pair of Viatorians opened the Viator House of Hospitality, the mission to welcome young, immigrant men seeking asylum in this country continues to build momentum — and excitement. Its most recent fundraiser, the … Continue reading


Pope Francis Declares Fr. Louis Querbes Venerable

published on: October 3, 2019

It’s official. The founder of the Clerics of St. Viator is now the Venerable Louis Querbes. The announcement came from the Vatican where on Oct. 2,  Fr. Querbes was among eight candidates that Pope Francis advanced one step closer to … Continue reading


Students at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas Remember

published on: October 2, 2019

It has been two years since a gunman opened fire at a Las Vegas music festival, killing 58 and wounding more than 400 others. On the second anniversary, school children at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas resumed what … Continue reading


Curator of Viatorian Art Collection Uncovers New Treasures

published on: September 30, 2019

Br. Don Houde, CSV, was among the first class of novices to study at the Province Center when the Viatorians opened the building in 1951 on former farmland in Arlington Heights. Consequently, he is an excellent resource on its many … Continue reading


Colegio San Viator in Tunja Celebrates its Third Anniversary

published on: September 26, 2019

Excitement is in the air at Colegio San Viator in Tunja, Colombia, where Viatorians and surrounding bishops celebrated its third anniversary as a Viatorian school. A ceremony marking the anniversary drew Fr. Robert M. Egan, CSV, Superior General of the … Continue reading


Annual Blue Mass Steeped in Tradition

published on: September 25, 2019

The tradition of paying tribute to first responders at a Blue Mass, goes back to the mid-1930s in Washington DC. At St. Patrick’s Church in Kankakee, Fr. John Peeters, CSV, pastor, brought the tradition to the parish a little more … Continue reading


This Interfaith Supper Builds Relationships

published on: September 23, 2019

In a world of ever increasing, religious-based hatred, the Children of Abraham Coalition, finds its message of tolerance and acceptance more important than ever. For the eighth year, they hosted a potluck dinner for area families — as a way … Continue reading


Luck of the Irish Comes to Half Paddy Fest

published on: September 19, 2019

For more than a dozen years, parishioners at St. Patrick’s Church in Kankakee have marked the halfway point to their patron’s feast day, with their annual Half Paddy Fest. It’s always a hit. “Because St. Patrick’s Day is too much … Continue reading


Cause of Fr. Querbes to be Taken up in Rome

published on: September 17, 2019

Every day of the year, retired Viatorians living in the Province Center offer up a prayer during their morning Mass for the beatification of their founder, Fr. Louis Querbes. Now, their prayers may be answered. Some 12 years after Fr. … Continue reading


St. George Parish Comes Together to Celebrate Year of Mary

published on: September 12, 2019

In a world filled with growing conflict and tensions, one Viatorian parish is focusing on the positive by immersing themselves in a devotion to Mary for the next year. Led by Fr. Daniel Belanger, CSV, pastor, and with the help … Continue reading


Viatorian Continues to Advance Interfaith Dialogue in Wake of 9/11

published on: September 11, 2019

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, continues to be unwavering in his remembrance of 9/11: He works to foster interfaith dialogue and understanding. “We can’t stop all the religious-based hate in the world, but we can do our part,” Fr. Corey says. … Continue reading


Viatorian Parish Launches Year Dedicated to Mary

published on: September 9, 2019

Parishioners at St. Mary’s Church in Beaverville, IL, reaffirmed their devotion to their patron saint by launching the Year of Mary: Journey with Mary’s 2020 Vision. The celebration began with their traditional Founders’ Day Mass, celebrated on Sept. 8, which … Continue reading


MICAH Program Expands at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas

published on: September 5, 2019

Administrators at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas feel strongly that it is their mission to welcome students with disabilities into their community and provide them with the same quality, Catholic education afforded to their non-disabled peers. That vision … Continue reading


Dream Becomes Reality for New Viatorian School

published on: September 4, 2019

After years of planning, fundraising and dreaming, Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory in North Las Vegas has opened. Its 96 freshmen entered in dramatic fashion, walking in under a balloon arch and led by the school’s president, Fr. Thomas … Continue reading


Newest Colombian Brother Professes First Vows

published on: September 3, 2019

Vocations continue to grow in Colombia, where Viatorians have served since 1961. The latest is Br. Elkin Mendoza, CSV, who professed his first vows Aug. 29 in the chapel at Colegio San Viator in Bogotá. Br. Mendoza professed his vows … Continue reading


Viatorian Brother to Lead Recruitment at Cristo Rey St. Viator

published on: August 29, 2019

Of all the Viatorians working to open the new Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School in Las Vegas, only one has experience working in the Cristo Rey Network: Br. Carlos Ernesto Flórez, CSV. Formerly, Br. Carlos served as … Continue reading


Viatorian Brother Remembered 80 Years Later

published on: August 26, 2019

Br. William Sharp, CSV, spent less than one year in the Viatorian Community and professed his first vows on his deathbed. But he is remembered by the Viatorian Community every year around Sept. 1, when Viatorians observe the anniversary of … Continue reading


Faculty Celebrate First Mass at Cristo Rey St. Viator

published on: August 23, 2019

With just 10 days left until Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School opens, faculty members gathered appropriately enough, at Mass in the school’s new chapel. It was the first official event in the new school, located in North … Continue reading


Viatorians Garden to Feed the Hungry

published on: August 22, 2019

The tomatoes are coming, the tomatoes are coming! After the wettest spring on record in the Chicago area, and a hot July, the Viatorian Giving Garden is coming into its own, producing hundreds of tomatoes this month, and all for … Continue reading


St. Viator Catholic School Opens School Year on a High Note

published on: August 20, 2019

Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, blessed the faculty of St. Viator Catholic School during its opening Mass, calling their teaching a ministry and urged them to always share the Good News. Speaking of good news, the school community is celebrating having … Continue reading


Unique Tradition Opens School Year in Kankakee

published on: August 19, 2019

One day before schools opened across the Bourbonnais/Kankakee region, Fr. John Peeters, CSV, carried out a beloved tradition that brought comfort to students, parents and faculty alike: a blessing of the backpacks.   Near the end of Sunday Mass, Fr. … Continue reading


Viatorian Calls for Action

published on: August 15, 2019

Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, serves as president of one of the largest graduate schools of theology, Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and with its title comes responsibility. This week, Fr. Francis joined with members of the Council of Religious Leaders … Continue reading


Celebrating the Feast of the Assumption

published on: August 15, 2019

With the sun streaming into the chapel at the Viatorian Province Center, Viatorians gathered to celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “Alleluia, alleluia. Mary is taken up to heaven, a chorus of angels exults,” Fr. … Continue reading


Cardinal John Henry Newman Moves into Prominence

published on: August 13, 2019

A portrait of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman moved into a place of prominence today at the Viatorian Province Center. In light of the Vatican announcement that Cardinal Newman would be canonized Oct. 13 in Rome, his formal painting moved … Continue reading